Online Workshops

To pumpkin spice up your autumn, our team has brewed a concoction of workshops full of theatre making. From writing to producing through acting and Shakespeare of course, let our inspirational cast & creatives enrich your Shakespearean winter! 


All the workshops are 16 GBP, and last 1h30. 

Some have a limited amount of participants.

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Speaking Shakespeare || £16

6pm on Thursday, 29th October

Shakespeare's genius, magic, emotional life and acting directions are all in his words. If you've ever been scared of approaching a Shakespearean part, if you still recoil from poetry, if you don't know what to do about the verse, if you don’t feel you’ve yet accessed your optimal resonance and clarity of speech - this session is for you.
Voice and accent coach Alix Dunmore and Director and Shakespearean Victoria Baumgartner invite you to this Words Tasting event. They will work with you on the monologue of your choice and give you tools to uncover its full potential.

This workshop will be limited to 6 actors. We will give priority to the first bookers.

Setting Up Your Voiceover Business || £16

6pm on Tuesday, 17th November

In this workshop, we’ll unpack the entire toolkit of what it takes to be a successful freelance voiceover artist: starting from your vocal technique and nailing your voice reels, right through to building your home studio and developing your business. Bring your notepads and questions!

Katherine Moran

Katherine is an actor, voiceover artist and movement director. She trained on the BA Acting course at Central, and her most recent acting credits include A Gift From Bob, News Revue, After The Dance and Anne Hathaway in both Will and Anne with Will & Co. Based at her home studio, Katherine provides voice overs for commercial and corporate clients worldwide, most recently collaborating with Taylors of Harrogate, Olio, Tommee Tipeee and Siemans Gamesa.

Self-Marketing for Actors || £16

6pm on Tuesday, 24th November

Lucy’s Self-Marketing for Actors workshop will cover:
The surprising ways to use social media for your acting career, in order to make powerful connections and get access to more opportunities without the horrible feeling of self-promoting. How to work out what's unique about you in order to strategically use marketing communications to establish personal credibility and create a sense of brand awareness for yourself.
Ways to multiply your personal connections using a simple 10 minutes a day (so you can devote more time to acting).

Lucy Aarden

Lucy has starred in HBO’s Game of Thrones, BBC’s Tracey Ullman Show, Our Girl and Amazon Prime’s Hanna. Recently praised in The Guardian for her "quick, energetic and brilliantly funny" performance of Will & Co's 'Bard in The Yard’. Lucy was also Offie-nominated for her performance in the all-female Posh as well as being listed as one of IMDB's top 500 actresses in the world.

Approaching a Shakespearean Part || £16

6pm on Thursday, 3rd December

Hannah has worked extensively at the RSC (pictured here as Portia in Julius Caesar 2009-2011).

During this workshop she will explore how to approach the text in performance using active Rehearsal room practice. Finding the clues with the text is key to making exciting choices in your next performance of Shakespeare’s timeless verse. Learn tools to help unlock Shakespeare’s rich language, release your creativity and make your performance your own!

Hannah Young

Hannah has worked extensively at the RSC in The Tempest, Julius Caesar, Anthony and Cleopatra, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, Coriolanus, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Drunks, American Trade, Little Eagles and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Her work in the West End includes As You Desire me, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and in the Almeida’s A Chaste Maid in Cheapside. She recently appeared as King John in TSMGOnlineLive’s the Life and Death of King John & as Titania in Titania’s Dream at Compton Verney.

Developing Your Shakespeare Practice

a series with Victoria Baumgartner

Writer & Director Victoria Baumgartner is a Swiss-Ukrainian Shakespeare specialist who has studied Shakespeare extensively for more than 10 years, both academically and through her work on stages. She began her career as Assistant Director by working for opera for some years. As a writer and director, she has worked in Switzerland, Germany and the UK, and was nominated as Best Director by the OFFIES. She founded the theatre company Will & Co in 2015. Her longest-running play, Will or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare's Life was translated in two languages, had a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe and toured Europe. Victoria gives Shakespeare workshops at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and teaches Shakespeare at East15 Acting School for the BA in Acting as well as the MA in Directing.

Speaking Shakespeare || £16

6pm on Thursday, 29th October

Shakespeare's genius, magic, emotional life and acting directions are all in his words. If you've ever been scared of approaching a Shakespearean part, if you still recoil from poetry, if you don't know what to do about the verse, if you don’t feel you’ve yet accessed your optimal resonance and clarity of speech - this session is for you.
Voice and accent coach Alix Dunmore and Director and Shakespearean Victoria Baumgartner invite you to this Words Tasting event. They will work with you on the monologue of your choice and give you tools to uncover its full potential.

This workshop will be limited to 6 actors. We will give priority to the first bookers.

Embodying Shakespeare || £16

1pm on Sunday, 1st November

Director Victoria Baumgartner's method when working on Shakespeare is to start with the body. The words have their own way of travelling through the physical presence, when we give our emotional system a chance to be freer from the constraints of our constantly thinking minds. She deeply believes that Shakespeare, when done right, "is a workout!" Rhythm is quintessential to any Shakespearean speech, and that can be easily accessed through working on the body.
In this workshop, Victoria will work with actors on monologues of their choice through her method.

This workshop will be limited to 6 actors. We will give priority to the first bookers.

Writing Your Own Show || £16

6pm on Thursday, 10th December

With winter at our doors and the looming prospect of having plenty of time at home, you know it: it's time for that idea, or that manuscript, to come out of the drawer!

 

If you don't even know where to start, this workshop is for you. Victoria will guide and advise you through the entire timeline of the life of a play: from the first spark of creation to directing or performing your own words on the stage.

 

If you were waiting for a sign to complete that draft, look no further: this is it.

Producing Your Off West End Show

A Webinar Series by Hannah Elsy

Hannah Elsy is the Founder and CEO of Hannah Elsy Productions, a production company which aims to entertain, enlighten and open hearts and minds. Hannah started producing in 2014, and has produced over 12 productions Off West End in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe, including Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself (Ovalhouse), Queen C*nt Sacred or Profane? (UK Tour), The Quentin Dentin Show (Arts Theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre, National Theatre Studio), Sacrament, Summer Nights In Space and I HAVE A BAD FEELING ABOUT THIS (all VAULT Festival) and The Lowdown Musical Theatre Scratch Nights at RichMix. Hannah also worked for 21 months in the finance department of The Old Vic. She set up the consulting arm of Hannah Elsy Productions in 2019 and since then has helped over 21 artists, actors, producers and writers with producing education, and business planning for their shows.

We recommend attending the entire series.

I: Setting your show up for success || £16

6pm on Monday, 2nd November

Have an idea for a show but don’t know where to start? Learn about the groundwork you need to do before raising money for your show. Do I need to have contracts in place? Do I need to set up a company? What should my banking arrangements be? Shall I try and do everything myself or collaborate with a producer?

 

Producer Hannah Elsy will guide you through all the things you need to think about when starting out on your producing journey, whether you identify as a producer or not. There will be a Q+A at the end of the session where you will have the chance to talk to Hannah about your specific circumstances.

II: Fundraising for your production || £16

6pm on Wednesday, 4th November

Trusts and foundations, investment, sponsorship, philanthropic donations and the Arts Council. It’s a multi- pronged funding landscape out there, and which is right for your production? How do I go about raising money? How do I start to ask people for money? What to expect in the relationship with my funders? How do I develop and maintain these relationships? How far in advance should I start fundraising? What to expect from a relationship with a Co- Producer or an Associate Producer?

 

All of these questions, and more, will be answered in this session. There will be a Q+A at the end of the session where you will have the chance to talk to Hannah about your specific circumstances.

III: Delivering the production and future life || £16

6pm on Friday, 6th November

How do I get my production to the stage, and what do I need to think about along the way? After my production has opened and is a success, what next? What if it’s not a success?

 

This session includes information about production timelines, the production team you many need to recruit and how to manage your budget throughout the delivery of the show. We will also look at the future life of your show beyond its first run, and how you can plan for that: how do I approach producers and venues and book a tour, and what should I expect from these relationships? How do I start to redraft, improve or rework the production?

There will be a Q+A at the end of the session where you will have the chance to talk to Hannah about your specific circumstances.

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